The People Fight Government Power Over Internet Freedom

by splork on January 21, 2012

I hope you were paying attention the last couple of weeks as the powerful government lobbyists worked hard to have their representatives in D.C. pass SOPA and PIPA. You were lucky, dear friends, that entities like Wikipedia, Reddit, Google and some 7,000 other websites took a stand FOR freedom. Left, right, conservatives, Socialists, it didn’t matter. People may not care about a free reality but do not take away their virtual freedom.

The Internet stands against tyranny.

I laughed out loud as reports indicated that Anonymous took down DoJ, RIAA,MPAA and Universal Music. Anonymous reported on Twitter: ““Tango Down! JUSTICE.gov – U.S. Government Website DOWN!”.

Awesome stuff. The battle lines are drawn.

Don’t misunderstand me dear reader: piracy is not honorable. Stealing is immoral.

Isn’t it just a little coincidental that the FBI swooped down in helicopters, seizing millions in property and shuttering numerous websites soon after SOPA and PIPA were tabled? Like the government was saying, “you know, we have the authority, the POWER, to shut these sites down whether it is signed law or not.”

Don’t think for a minute that it was all about stopping a rogue outfit distributing Hollywood content with abandon. No, as The Daily Reckoning reported:

…the trendline with Megaupload was clearly toward using the space to launch new artists with new content: not piracy but creativity. As Wired.uk wrote, this crackdown came shortly after Megaupload announced music producer Swizz Beatz — married to Alicia Keys — as their CEO. They had rallied a whole host of musicians including Will.i.am, P Diddy, Kanye West and Jamie Foxx to endorse the cloud locker service. Megaupload was building a legitimate system for artists to make money and fans to get content.

What’s this all about? It is some powerful corporate lobbyists trying to prevent the emergence of an alternative system of art and music delivery, one powered by people rather than merely the well- connected.

The U.S. government is corrupt and sick with the lobbyist cancer. More from The Daily Reckoning:

This is the battle for whether the digital age is permitted to exist in an atmosphere of free speech, free association, free enterprise, and real property rights, or whether it will be controlled by government in conjunction with aging media moguls from monopolistic corporate oligarchies. The lines are clearly drawn, and it is taking place in real time.

I cannot imagine a life not being free. I refuse to believe that even the wanna-be Marxists running around this country really hope to achieve a collectivism that would infringe on their rights. But this is where we are. I can only imagine how many hypocritical Socialists who have supported ever expansive government the last 10 years were actually on the front lines of stopping SOPA and PIPA.

The government is at war against its citizens. Power and control. Piracy controls are just a tip of the their spear. You’ll eventually have to decide if you prefer to be among the collectivists collecting scraps from their government master’s table or if you want to be free and choose liberty.

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Al Broadman January 21, 2012 at 9:11 pm

You sounds bitter against socialists whom you seem to blame for the condition this nation is in.

I’m sorry, but it not them.

In my opinion the Grand Old Party or the GOP is currently planning to destroy this nation or at the very least take us back 100 years culturally and socially.

Democrats are not much better as they have taken the stances that used to be traditionally Republican in belief.

Progressive has become a bad word in the minds of Americans when the majority of them do not even know what the word means.

Granted, I am not defending the actions of many of the socialists in this nation, but they have had plenty of help in what has happened and there is plenty of blame to spread around too all the turds that have during the past thirty years and presently inhabit Washington.

Two things this nation must do to become the economic powerhouse we used to be:

1. Double the minimum wage at least and push toward a $20 an hour minimum wage for everyone.

2. Adopt a “if you sell it here, you make it here if at all possible” economic policy.

These two polices, along with the redrafting of free trade to reflect fair trade practices will restore our economy to a point before it was destroyed by slave labor wages in authoritarian countries that do not share our values, beliefs, or vision.

I see a 2-tier trade structure where first world countries trade among one another and second / third world countries trade with one another with an exchange of technologies as necessary to maintain a technological level playing field around the world.

With this type of semi-open trade isolationism, countries with unfair labor and business trade practices will be forced to develop locally rather than depend on well developed inflated economies to support their export growth at the cost of both the exporters and importers quality of life for anyone other than the elite.

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Splork January 21, 2012 at 9:33 pm

If you are against limited government and first principles of the Constitution then I am against you. I would gladly go back 100 years before the Progressive movements of Teddy, FDR, Woodrow Wilson, LBJ and Obama. I have no respect for Marxists, Socialist, communists or any version of leftist ideology. I recognize the cancer that is Progressivism in this country from both sides of the political spectrum and have stated as much. If you think my indignation is solely raged against Socialists then you haven’t been paying attention.

Your solutions to regain our “economic powerhouse” sounds like union talking points. I couldn’t disagree more.

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Mark January 22, 2012 at 1:49 am

Free music and videos. Really? That’s where we’re going to draw the line. It’s pathetic when you think about it.

Sure, it’s good to see that people finally realize that there are attacks on their freedom, but they’re more worried about shitty music and lame movies than any of the other attacks that have preceded it.

I know that the bill will hurt more than just people downloading free stuff. I’ve got that part and there is no confusion. Still, I can’t help but think that the power of the outrage stems from people wanting free shit. They don’t know the difference between freedom and free shit.

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DisgruntledSelfEmployed January 22, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I learned the other day that the city of Philadelphia has about 460,000 people currently on food stamps with another 150,000 eligible for food stamps. Philadelphia has a population of about 1.5 million people. That’s almost a third of them on food stamps. Right there is a glaring example of how completely unsustainable our current socialist system is. That’s a third of a city relying upon the government to feed them, and the government won’t be able to feed them much longer.

We all know that Social Security won’t be around for long, along with loads of other federal programs that won’t be funded forever. Yet people aren’t GETTING that it’s up to THEM to create an economy for themselves, up to THEM to create something and do something and generate energy in the world. They will be forced to learn this lesson either the hard way or the easy way, either getting to it now or later (when it will be much more painful.)

I’m interested in the 150,000 people in Philadelphia who aren’t on food stamps but who qualify for them. They haven’t yet given themselves over to the hopeless programming that they are failures and that only the government can save them. (Okay, so maybe some of them are illiterate and intimidated about how to fill out the paperwork; but let’s give many of them the benefit of the doubt.) I like these people. They’re on the right track. They’re still clinging to some vestige of personal sovereignty, the primary principle this country was built upon.

I’ve been technically “unemployed” for most of my adult life because I’ve always worked for myself in various businesses, generating multiple income streams. I haven’t had a boss since about 1993. If one income stream dries up, I live on my savings and start up a new income stream. Easy peasy. When this is normal for you, recessions come and go and you just go “Boo” at them.

The minute you identify yourself as “unemployed” and drink the government aid Kool-Aid that you need to apply for benefits, you give away your soul and life force, really. I know so many people my partner and I have thought about employing in our respective businesses, white collar and educated people who were laid off or lost their jobs, many of them extended family members. You know what? Not a single one of them will work for us because they are AFRAID to go OFF of unemployment. Because, you know, actually having EMPLOYMENT is somehow a bad thing and it forces you to assume responsibility for your life. Drives us fucking nuts because our respective businesses are expanding and we’d like to help out some of these friends and family, who have unique qualifications which relate to our businesses.

Let’s for a moment set aside the truly disabled (physically or mentally) and the extreme elderly. Let’s set aside full-time caregivers of a swath of autistic children (those moms who like to talk about how they require government assistance just to feed their families, but who, at the same time, keep having more disabled children.) These folks genuinely might need some sort of aid program to survive.

But if you look at the healthy population, a HUGE number of them have been perfectly happy to suck on the government tit and should fucking know better. But they don’t want to work, a lot of them, no matter how much these folks want us to believe otherwise. If you’re a real estate agent in Florida who no longer has any income from real estate, you have the skills and the hustle to restart your career in another field. If you’re an IT specialist who can’t find work locally with a corporation, hire yourself out to people who need help setting up home networks or clearing their computers of viruses that their kids got on the family computers from playing videogames. There is SOMEBODY OUT THERE who will hire you if you stop relying upon a “job” and look at your adult life as having a “career” on a continuum of having multiple gigs, multiple clients, and you work to get those clients.

If your current skills aren’t getting you hired, hire yourself out using a different set of skills. Become a pet sitter or a dog walker or something. Stop yer whining.

Stop looking for a “job” and make jobs for YOURSELF. Set an intention and broadcast it to the world that you are in business as THIS (insert skill type here) and you are ready for people to hire you. Hustle, people. You’ll have to learn how to do this at some point and you might as well learn it now.

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Splork January 22, 2012 at 5:56 pm

@mark – nah man. It’s bigger than that. It’s about gov’t control. Sure some folks are pissed ’cause they can’t download the latest free movie. But the language of the bill was too broad. They can solve piracy in about a week if they wanted to. But the old guard wants to hold on to the old ways and not join the digital age. I’d hate to think what the Internet would be like if the lobbyists, and governments, were in control.

Also, think about those people that used the service to upload their large home movies or other files. You can’t store a 30 minute movie on the You Tubes. but you can upload the movie to MegaUpload so grandma can download it. It did have it’s uses and now because the government and lobbyists were pissed they didn’t get their power and control they ruined a lot of people’s legitimate uses. Power and laws have unintended consequences.

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Splork January 22, 2012 at 6:05 pm

@DisgruntledSelfEmployed – Yep, I agree. The takers are over taking the makers. Just like the government masters like it. Socialism doesn’t last long but they will squeeze every little bit out of the productive until the system collapses.

If only more people had your sense of individualism. The collectivists are going to attempt to drag you down through regulations and bureaucracy that may make it almost impossible for you to create opportunities for yourself. People like you will eventually say “I’m done” and find opportunity in other countries.

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Mark January 23, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Splork, I think you missed my point. I took the time to understand SOPA. I realize that it’s more than just people not getting free stuff and that it’s an attempt to control. I’ll try to state it another way.

If the bill allowed for people to still download free stuff, but everything else connected to it was in place, the majority would not have a problem with it. The ONLY reason that this particular freedom has any defense at all is because of so many that are only worried about their free stuff.

These same folks had NO problem with the TSA, Obamacare, The Patriot Act, etc. It’s all about the free stuff.

Maybe this is what we needed to wake them up, but I bet the overwhelming majority will still cling to their free stuff as their compass.

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Jeff January 23, 2012 at 5:49 pm

“I would gladly go back 100 years before the Progressive movements of Teddy, FDR, Woodrow Wilson, LBJ and Obama.”

Why? I hear a lot of this from Tea Partiers. You’re talking about gladly going back to a period of time where among other things slavery was legal, workers had no rights, and women and non-property owners didn’t have the right to vote. Life was good if you were a white property-owner.

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Splork January 23, 2012 at 7:58 pm

@Jeff – Slavery ended in 1865. Women were able to begin voting in 1920. Owning property as a means to vote ended in the early 1800′s. Labor rights were a result of the Progressive Era from 1890 to 1920.

Again, if I could roll back the Progressive policies of Woodrow Wilson, FDR, LBJ and Obama, none of whom had anything to do with the period you reference, I would be happy to do so.

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Splork January 23, 2012 at 8:01 pm

@Mark – You’re right. Lots of people care about their free stuff. Indeed many couldn’t care less about their privacy being raped. Whether they are pissed about losing their free stuff or understand the broader issue, they are at least coming to the same conclusion, albeit in opposing directions, that government is too intrusive. I’ll take it.

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JohnM January 25, 2012 at 10:40 am

If anybody still thinks that our government is doing the best it can for the good of our country and its citizens, go to the Spirit Airlines site and read this: http://www.spirit.com/Default.aspx

And, as far as fear of reprisal is concerned, have you seen this tactic covered by the media? Have any other airlines spoken out against it?

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Splork January 25, 2012 at 11:04 am

@JohnM – wow that is a bold stand they are taking. Good for them. Good for us.

re: media – forget them. None of them – ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and MSNBC, CNN or FoxNews are holding our government accountable. They are mostly in the tank for the respective parties. I will say thank goodness for Andrew Napolitano on FoxBusiness. He’s fair and out only to protect freedom and iberty.

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Paisley February 12, 2012 at 6:49 am

Minimum wage of $20 per hour? And that’s going to fix our economy?

No, Mr. Progressive – it will only accelerate the destruction of America as more and more companies depart for greener pastures. Typical liberal BS “thinking”. Just more rape of the productive by the moochers.

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